Funeral firm’s backing for Blood Bikes volunteers

Representatives from Peter Johnson Funerals present a cheque to the Northumbria Blood Bikes. Pic: Gilbert Johnston.
Representatives from Peter Johnson Funerals present a cheque to the Northumbria Blood Bikes. Pic: Gilbert Johnston.

Since November last year, Peter Johnson Funerals has been receiving donations for two chosen charities.

The funds were raised at the annual PJF Memorial Service and via the business’s branches located throughout South Tyneside and Sunderland.

Now the £1,500 raised was shared between the Great North Air Ambulance Service and the Northumbria Blood Bikes.

“Anyone who is willing to help a fellow man in any time of day or night and in any weather deserves our respect and support,” said owner Peter Johnson.

The final £250 instalment was presented to two of the riders for the Northumbria Blood Bikes, Alan and Gary.

During the windy and wet weather, Alan said that the charity is still able to continue its work with the alternative vehicles they have access too, but more importantly due to their skilled volunteers who offer their time.

The charity aims to raise a minimum of £2,000 a month to continue operating.

Mr Johnson added: “As a company we like to support people who work for the betterment of our community, and we will continue to do so.”

Northumbria Blood Bikes is a charitable organisation established by local volunteers to deliver essential blood and urgent medical supplies, out of hours, between hospitals and healthcare sites and laboratories in North East England.

Its members cover Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, and County Durham.

Blood Bike groups seek to carry out their service free of charge, ensuring the limited resources of the NHS can be used. Northumbria Blood Bikes is dependent on charitable donations, with volunteers, giving their own time to run and deliver the service.